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A first-of-its-kind book, Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (Routledge, 2017), offers strategies to use technology to enhance family engagement and build a sense of community among young children, families, and early childhood educators. Edited by Erikson Institute’s internationally recognized early childhood technology expert Chip Donohue, the book features case studies, best practices, and helpful hints in chapters written by 25 of the country’s influential early childhood thought leaders.  It also includes links to websites, apps, readings, and resources.

Family Engagement in the Digital Age includes a chapter written by M. Elena Lopez, Margaret Caspe, and Heather B. Weiss of Harvard Family Research Project. With a plethora of texting programs, video coaching tools, apps, and early literacy devices available to help families support their young children's development, how can these tools be integrated meaningfully and effectively in early childhood settings? The HFRP authors offer a systems framework for understanding the role of digital media within a larger early education program and explore the potential of digital media to support family outcomes. 

Learn more about the book here.


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